Synthesist George Barlow shared this informal demo of his DX7 Touch Controls, a custom MIDI controller that’s designed to make programming the Yamaha DX7 easy.
The Yamaha DX7 has a reputation for being a challenging synth to program, because it has a minimal interface and also because many of its original owners used it as a preset synth.
Barlow’s controller features illuminated touch controls. It sends MIDI to the DX7 to change patch parameters.
Barlow notes, “This is a crude concept prototype. It uses MIDI to communicate with the synthesizer, and a parallel interface to an old laptop computer for the actual computing. Sure beats using menus.”
Here’s another look at his custom controller: